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Heeding Obama’s Call to Rebuild and Improve our Nation’s Schools

During President Obama’s recent speech to Congress outlining his American Jobs Act, he acknowledged the state of America’s schools: “There are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How…

Sports to Share: an interview with Dina Buchbinder

Large-scale global initiatives can be challenging to interpret on a local level, especially when they involve goals for children and education. Deport-es para Compartir seeks to render the UN Millennium…

The importance of reaching out: Kurt Brown of Micro Benefits China

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of reaching out. From transforming strangers into business partners to saving flooded headquarters, contacts and future contacts routinely prove integral to every…

PresenTense: A sectarian model of social entrepreneurship

PresenTense, started in 2007 and inspired by the famous Y Combinator model, has flourished into a full-fledged ecosystem for social enterprise in a sectarian community. The organization matches teams of…

Fossil free and politically correct: A biofuel company’s founder shares his story

Filled up your tank lately? Not only is it expensive, but it’s also hard – and, after the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, getting harder…

Solar Sister’s founder on applying the AVON model to solar energy in Africa

One-year-old start up, Solar Sister is using cosmetics company AVON’s model to distribute solar energy in Uganda, Sudan, and Rwanda.  To learn more about the “business in a bag” model…

Never too young to start: one high-schooler wins Ashoka’s youth technology campaign for an assisted living device company

Most 17 year-olds are focused on hanging out with friends, sports, getting into college, or their summer vacation plans. Then there are those exceptional ones who can’t wait until adulthood…

On starting over: Maria Springer of Kito International

When a good idea is executed poorly, the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

The Mycelium School: A theory of fungal education

Mycelium are the vegetative part of a fungus, through which mushrooms absorbs nutrients from their environment as they spread out, latch on to the roots of plants and trees, and…

Kevin Jones of SOCAP explains why big, bad capital markets should inspire hope instead of fear

Next week, SOCAP, promoting the flow of capital towards social good by bringing together social entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions, holds its fourth annual conference at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam….

Xóchitl Castañeda on helping farm workers (who grow our food) stay healthy themselves

We often think of agricultural workers as healthy, physically active and surrounded by produce, but obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels in many farm-worker communities. Researchers at the University…

Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…

Ross Baird of First Light Ventures on closing the gap between entrepreneurs and investors

The best social innovations can be stalled in the ideas phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

E-Health Point combines water and wireless to provide healthcare in rural India

Al Hammond and Amit Jain of E-Health Point found a hook to get rural Indians to come to their clinics: provide clean water. Cheap clean water brings the foot traffic…

The importance of reaching out: Chris Clark of Sunflower Solutions

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of reaching out. From transforming strangers into business partners to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts routinely prove integral to…